Can a failed test be challenged or requested in GA?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by dsmj68, Sep 16, 2021.

  1. dsmj68

    dsmj68 Bobtail Member

    Sep 16, 2021
    Had the right side & coupling. Was told that I need 2 work on terminology and that I missed the brake drum. Is missing the brake drum a auto fail(If so, the fail is accepted) ? As far as terminology. Where in the Ga DDS manual does it say correct or should I say proper name of the item.

    During the pre-trip inspection, you must
    show that the vehicle is safe to drive. You will
    have to walk around the vehicle and point to
    or touch each item and explain to the examiner
    what you are checking and why. - GA DDS Manual p.86
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  3. Dockbumper

    Dockbumper Road Train Member

    Apr 29, 2020
    What did you call the brake drum?
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  4. Frank Speak

    Frank Speak Road Train Member

    May 3, 2016
    Hot Springs, AR
    If you miss anything to do with lights, brakes, tires, steering, you will fail as those ARE safety issues. When you sign your log (pre-trip) you are certifying the vehicle is safe to operate.

    If you missed anything to do with the brakes (brake drum in your case), then you wouldn’t know if it’s safe to drive or not. Right?
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  5. TripleSix

    TripleSix God of Roads

    Apr 10, 2009
    Copied in Hell
    Go to YouTube and look up drum brakes for a semi. Your examiner knows that you don’t know jack about a pre trip. At the very least, you should know what you are looking at.
  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Remember this test has nothing to do with safety and if the truck will get down the road. It is 100% a test by bureaucrats and as such needs to be treated that way. Learn the wording as it matters more than I depth knowledge of the components.
    Pass the test, get your CDL then worry about how everything works in the real world.
  7. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Ainigriv Notpmah
    There is this thing called vocabulary and another called muscle memory! I once got dinged because I called a chassis a set of rails. I never thought of a chassis as such until both axles and the suspension system were attached. In the end, it doesn't really matter if you call a fuel tank a BRT! However, you call a tank a BRT during a driving test or on an inspection report you might get some blowback. Stick to the correct terminology when dealing with examiners and DOT cops later on. If I am testing someone when it comes to inspections. I am going to need to know that you can not only identify a part such as a brake drum but give me a brief explanation of how it works and what is connected to it. You can't do this I will fail you!
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